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Campaigning in Scotland

We are working with service providers and relevant stakeholders to improve health care provision. On our behalf, as our voluntary Scottish Campaign Manager, Dr Liza Morton sits on NHS Scotland’s Scottish Congenital Cardiac Advisory Board &…
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Counselling Support for Children and Young People

Here are some options you can explore to find  counselling and psychological support near you. Youth Counselling Services: Based in your local area, sometimes run by the local authority or by a charity. These vary across the country and…
Anne Crump

Ways into Relaxation

Anxiety is part of life and a feeling we all experience. A little anxiety can help us perform well at tasks and can bring about a heightened alertness that can be useful in situations where we might need to take care of ourselves. Too much anxiety…

GUCH News Issue 91

Guch News is now available to download. GUCH_Issue-91
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So What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a mind-body approach that has become popular to help people manage anxiety, stress, recurrent depression, pain and long term medical conditions. Mindfulness has its origins in Buddhist and Eastern Traditions drawing on meditation…
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GLASGOW Nightrider 2019

NIGHTRIDER™ GLASGOW 2019 Date: 22/23 June 2019 Distance: 50km or 100km REGISTER NOW  After the success of the inaugural Glasgow Nightrider in May 2018, the iconic charity bike ride is returning to Scotland in 2019. You can be a part…

LONDON Nightrider 2019

Last chance to join our team NIGHTRIDER™ LONDON 2019 Date: 8 / 9 June 2019 Distance: 50km or 100km Nightrider is celebrating its 10th anniversary in London 2019, and you can be a part of this special cycle challenge! Taking place throughout…
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Data leads the way

The Newcastle Freeman Hospital department of Paediatric and Adult Congenital cardiology serves a UK region of just under 3 million people (5% of the total UK population). All congenital abnormalities are recorded on the region’s NORCAS (Northern…
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How to Access Counselling and Psychological Services

How to find counselling & support services. Reasons for thinking about this might be because you would like space to talk over concerns or feelings related to having congenital heart disease or because of other life issues. This is a…

My life on Warfarin

I have been taking the drug warfarin since I was just six months old. I'm now 23, and when I tell people I take warfarin, they are sometimes confused and shocked. Why would a seemingly healthy 23 year old woman be on a drug commonly associated…
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Getting older with CHD - Part 2

"acquiring" other conditions This is the second of two articles Written by Dr Leisa Freeman, Consultant GUCH Cardiologist, and Toni Hardiman, Specialist GUCH Nurse GUCH Clinic Norfolk & Norwich University NHS Hospital.  These articles…
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Clinical Research for Congenital Cardiology

From a patient perspective, the concept of being involved in clinical research may be daunting, disconcerting, and unsettling but, equally, it can be rewarding to have the opportunity to increase the knowledge of how best to manage their condition.…
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You need an MRI scan of your heart

Written collaboratively by Jonathan Upton, adult congenital heart patient and Helena Francis, Adult Congenital Heart Clinical Nurse Specialist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust Perhaps these words are familiar to you.…
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What is an Echo

Written by Jo Quirk, Cardiac Nurse Specialist at Leeds General Infirmary A transthoracic echocardiogram (commonly known as an echo) is a scan of the heart using a machine, a probe and gel. The probe is placed on the chest wall and ultrasound…

Managing Your Heart Condition

Since the first diagnosis of congenital heart disease, medical care and treatment have advanced, and many patients are living longer and healthier lives into adulthood and old age. All adults living with a heart defect should talk with a…

NHS England proposals for congenital heart defects services consultation

Now closed, NHS England proposals for congenital heart disease services consultation In February 2017, NHS England as the public body responsible for commissioning specialised congenital heart services, launched a consultation to ensure excellent…

Ensuring the Best Standards of Care

Adult Standards Advisory Group This is writing a set of standards for the NHS in England which more clearly defines the care which should be provided for adults with congenital heart disease. It has representatives of all the national medical…
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Big Six Research

DONATE TO THE BIG SIX CAMPAIGN Thank you for joining our fight against congenital heart disease. The Somerville Foundation (TSF) has always worked hard to improve the lives of people who were born with a heart condition. We have a vision…

Campaigning in Scotland

Campaigning in Scotland We are working with service providers and relevant stakeholders to improve health care provision. On our behalf, Dr Liza Morton sits on NHS Scotland's Scottish Congenital Cardiac Advisory Board & their working group…

Lottery Results - 10th November 2018

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Am I entitled to free NHS prescriptions?

The prescription charge in England is currently £7.65 (April 2012). For residents of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland there is no charge for prescriptions. Make sure you don't pay for your prescriptions, if you don't have to. You can…
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Travelling as a GUCH Patient

GUCH patient and The Somerville Foundation volunteer Sophie has travelled extensively and is passionate about seeing the world. She has developed a positive, practical approach to planning holidays and here, with the help of some of our members…
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Lets chill out

Taking time to relax is an important part of dealing with the stresses that life can throw at us. Learning how to relax is particularly helpful for those times when we get anxious or panicky. Practicing relaxation techniques as preparation for…
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Travel insurance

Finding Travel insurance is a must if you are considering travelling abroad possibly the most important thing you need after your passport. The travel insurance market can be a minefield, especially for those with an existing medical condition,…
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Travel information

This leaflet gives information on travelling for adults who were born with a heart condition (congenital heart condition). Having a congenital heart condition doesn’t mean you can’t travel but it may require a bit of advance planning. It…
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Lifestyle issues

This leaflet is designed to provide you with advice on some lifestyle choices and issues that may be related to your heart condition. The aim of the leaflet is to provide you with information so you can make the decisions for yourself. Download…

ACHD & pregnancy

It is a tribute to modern day infant heart surgery that those born with congenital heart problems can now consider having children themselves. Congenital heart defects (CHD) also known as ACHD (Adult congenital heart defects) or GUCH (Grown…
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Coping With Medical Procedures

Written by Dr Sara O'Curry, Chartered Clinical Psychologist Who wouldn't get anxious before a medical procedure? Biologically speaking, a procedure is a threat (someone moving towards you with a sharp object) and we are designed to respond…
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Know Your Heart Beat

Know Your Heart Beat Heart Rhythms An abnormal heart rhythm is referred to as an arrhythmia. More than 700,000 people in England alone are affected by an arrhythmia (Department of Health, 2005). An abnormal heart rhythm can cause some people…

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